Owen Sound's Billy Bishop Airport
has been sold
Saturday September 18,2021
Burt and Maria Hodgins along with Fred and Marilyn
Bruinsma flew to Timmins to attend Lloyd Richards’
Memorial held in Lloyd’s hangar at the Timmins
Airport. The weather was 5C at Timmins Airport when
we phoned FSS but warmed up considerably for a sunny
day when we arrived mid morning. Winds were 30 KT on
the nose wo made the trip slightly slower but
smooth. Coffee and donuts allowed people to visit as
we had not seen some since the IPATS over 2 years
Fly-in draws a crowd to Sarnia's airport - August
73 Aircraft Arrive at Sky Harbour Airport
by Marilyn Bruinsma
Thursday, August 5, was the date set for the Trilllium Aviators to fly into Goderich's Sky Harbour Airport. The sun was shining along with a Lake Huron breeze. A perfect day. Planes started arriving early in the morning for coffee and Culbert's famous donuts. Pilots came from as far away as Elliot Lake. North Bay, Hong Kong (actually Welland) Lindsay, as well as Kincardine, Hanover, Sexsmith, Woodstock, Owen Sound, Sarnia, Chatham, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford and other places around Ontario.
Court rules in favour of Brocton
pilot - July 2021
Richards – COPA Director
On July 28, 2021, we have lost a great
friend and pilot in Lloyd Richards, COPA's Northern Ontario Director, a
position he held from 2012 to 2021.
Lloyd's greatest passion was in the
sky. He began his flight training in 1979 earning his PPL(Private Pilot's
License) in 1981 with endorsements for float and instrument, even a gliding
permit. For 40 years he flew across the Carribean, North and South America
to accumulate 4200 hours. It included annual trips to Oshkosh WI where again
he showed his dedication to aviation by being a director of EAAC
(Experimental Aircraft Association of Canada). He owned and flew varying
aircraft throughout his aviation journey.
He was very active in COPA,
AOPA, EAA, and was EAA's Young Eagles Field Advisor. Lloyd raised the bar
for pilots all across North America by introducing more than 2650 children
to the magic of flying over 28 years. He was number one in Canada and sixth
in the USA for flights given to young Canadian children. A feat that no
other pilot has surpassed.
Again he participated in several organizations
within his community. His most dedicated support and love was for rescued
animals, for which he and Nancy provided homes to many. Lloyd often took the
road less travelled and paved the way for others to follow and throughout
his life's journey he came to know many people. His opinion was very much
respected and he was not shy about expressing his opinion in a most
Lloyd Richards worked in the trucking industry for
54 years, establishing the L. Richards Trucking Company and was a valued
member of the United Van Lines.
This Year, 2021, COPA Flight 45's member
Jack Searson, was awarded the Lloyd Richards' Directors' Award at the
virtual COPA Convention on June 27th. Unfortunately, Lloyd himself will not
be able to personally present Jack with his award.
COPA Award of Merit
Flying and building are two of Jack's passions along
with his COPA membership. He is Co Captain of COPA
Flight 172 and member of Flight 45. When it was
announced that Hanover was hosting the 2012 COPA
Convention, Jack and Ella were founding committee
members with COPA director Phil Englishman. Jack was
in charge of recruiting and positioning volunteers,
doing an outstanding job as the weekend was very
COPA Award of Merit
A pilot's best friend is
his AME to ensure a well maintained and operating
aircraft that gives the pilot peace of mind while
flying. Knowing the machine is in good running
condition the pilot is free to concentrate on the
airspace, weather and other safety requirements
while flying cross country.
Burt and Maria Hodgins
received the 2020 Spirit of Hope
Volunteers of the Year at the annual meeting of Hope Air in
These Goderich COPA Flight 45 members engaged
other flying groups and recruited other pilots to help with
fundraising this past summer in support of HOPE AIR , They
participated in the Give Hope Wings , The sault to Saguenay
Expedition in 2020 and hosted a fly-in barbecue in their
airport hangar. Burt also continues to fly patients as a
Hope Air volunteer pilot.
Passenger snapped this photo
of the heart shaped cloud while Burt was flying.
we, under-the-wing campers, are a fairly self –sufficient lot. Give us a
patch of grass, out of the way of prop blasts and heavy foot traffic, and we
can entertain ourselves indefinitely while at the same time endeavouring to
stay out of everyone’s way. Equipped with camp stoves, tents and sleeping
bags, we manage quite well but the two things we do appreciate are: a toilet
(a porta-potty works) and a source of water - even an outside tap.
Nice-to-haves are nearby food outlets, walking paths to explore and sites to
see. Goderich has all this in spades.
I’ve always known the Goderich area as a great place to
camp. Growing up, Point Farms and Benmiller Falls
(before the camp ground was established) were prime
summer destinations. Some years later, a family member
had a seasonal trailer in the Maitland Valley campground
by the harbour. During one visit by car I had spoken to
an employee at the airport about camping on the
airfield. He was very enthusiastic and said it was
entirely possible. He even offered to make the terminal
washrooms available to us.
Life got in the way and
several years went by before a plan was finally put
together to make YGD a weekend flight destination. To
ensure we would still be well received, I contacted Fred
and Marilyn Bruinsma, COPA Flight 45 members, to see
what facilities might be available if we were to stay
for a weekend. Well, the response was immediate and
welcoming. They rolled out the red carpet providing
helpful tips for setting up on our arrival and
background information on the airport’s current status.
We were especially appreciative of the beautiful
terminal building equipped with WiFi for flight planning
and checking weather.
Fred fixing the hangar
doors at Goderich
COVOID CANCELS FALL
2020 COLOUR FLIGHTS
What is more rewarding than a flight on a
sunny autumn day to view the fall colours of Huron
County and Ontario? This year plans were to have flights
outs from Goderich's Sky Harbour Airport, Collingwood,
Parry Sound and others. The lunch bunch now called the
Trillium Aviators were anticipating these final flights
before the leaves were stripped off the trees. Always
with lawnchairs in the baggage compartment and lunches
packed in coolers, the pilots and passengers were ready
for an opportunity to fly to a chosen airport for social
distancing and social time with everybody.
first of these flights were to our Sky Harbour Airport
late September. But Ontario's premier Doug Ford reduced
gatherings to 10 people with stiff fines This made the
opportunity for the Trillium Aviators to meet at any
destination. The COPA 45/ Modelers'
clubhouse would have
been a good gathering place to have coffee upon arrival.
Westside of the clubhouse is a huge shade tree for lawnchairs and sun for those who wanted the enjoy the
last of summers' rays.
We had expected over 30
aircraft into our Sky Harbour Airport. The fall colours
around Huron County are second to none. We often say
that no matter where you fly to view the fall colours,
the colours around the Maitland River are the nicest.
Let's hope these flights will happen next autumn.
August 30, 2020
The Hanover Flying Club hosted 2
barbecues on August 30 at Hanover Airport (CYHS).
Possibly 55 aircraft, including a helicopter, and
several cars were on display.
Everyone enjoyed tenderloin steaks or hamburgers on
fresh bakery buns with corn on the cob, salads, and
plenty of homemade deserts. Dedicated volunteers and
sponsors were able to feed the crowd at no charge. But
donations were encouraged to support Hope Air fly
patients in need of access to medical care. Hope Air is
a Canadian charity that provides travel and
accommodations for people in financial need who must get
medical care far from home.